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What Does ‘Republican’ Really Mean?

President Trump’s attempt to thwart the election by denying the validity of the vote in the electoral college and then inciting a mob to attack the Capitol, has split the Republican Party. In a vote this week in the House of Representatives ten Republicans joined Democrats to impeach Donald ...

The Button

Does it make sense to give any one man the power to blow up the world? Seventy-five years ago, science created the most terrible weapon in human history — the atom bomb. As most of us know, World War II ended when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in August, 1945, one on ...

Silencing Of Voices

In nearly nine years of writing this column, I have given my thoughts on dogs, chocolate chip cookies, Christmastime, baking bread, growing older and the wonders and disappointments of life. It’s my belief that life happens in the little moments and I like to remind people of that by ...

To Heal, We Must Stop Hating

It is both too soon and too late to pile onto Donald Trump. It is too soon to revisit every warning sign, to dissect every falsehood. Right now our country needs healing more than recrimination. We cannot heal wounds by ripping off scabs with critiques, especially self-righteous ones. It is ...

Restore Rule Of Law To Elections

The 2020 presidential election is over, and it’s time to look ahead. Looking ahead includes fully reviewing illegalities in the 2020 election, regardless of whether they changed the result, plus carefully and fairly restoring the rule of law to American elections, all with an eye toward ...

America’s Saddest Day Has Come To Pass

I have been around this country now for many decades. Yet, I have never witnessed a sadder day in our history than this past Wednesday when a mob took control of the Unites States Capitol building. It was made especially sad because it was incited and supported by the President of the United ...

We Must Develop Renewable Energy Now

To tell you the truth, my first thought on reading Mark Twichell’s commentary on wind turbines in Lake Erie was, huh? Climate change won’t be mitigated by renewable wind power? Turbines are a bigger pollution threat than fossil fuels? Are we living in the same world? Some of Mr. ...

The Day I Heard My Heart Sob

It was just six days after the symbolic celebration of the end of 2020, and the positivity of looking forward to a new year with the arrival of our new granddaughter, the hopeful success of the pandemic vaccine, the hope of baseball returning with fans in the stands, The NFL Draft in ...

We Have To Make Wise Choices When It Comes To Energy, Let The Sun Shine In

Many believe solar power is better than using fossil fuels for energy. They argue solar technology has the potential to help the environment and make communities more energy independent. Federal and state incentives have also made renewable energy very attractive to developers. As with any ...

Looking Towards 2021

We are entering a new year with new possibilities and enormous challenges. 2020 brought not only a worldwide pandemic, but also unprecedented financial hardships for the City of Jamestown and while there is temptation to say “Good Riddance” to 2020, 2021 may bear out to be just as ...

Let’s Move New Year’s Day To Springtime

Why do we choose Jan. 1 as a “Happy New Year” day? Jan. 1 is in winter, for Pete’s sake! This past Thursday, we had gloomy gray skies for New Year’s Eve. On Friday, we had freezing rain. Some “happy new year.” Gloomy skies and freezing rain are nothing to be joyous about. We ...

Begin Identifying Your Strengths Of Character

We met Kayla and Kent at the first of three installments. A couple nearing retirement ages face a dual blow of respective job layoffs. The Coronavirus had forced them to survive financially on Social Security, plus some savings. Residents of Pennsylvania, they had not yet received ...

Why Are So Many Republicans Silent

Just for purposes of understanding or considering today’s column, let’s set aside what isn’t relevant to understanding or considering it. Please set aside your political-party enrollment, how you usually vote, and your preference regarding the 2020 presidential election. In addition, ...

The BPU Should Not Get Rid Of Glass Recycling

According to the Dec. 29, 2020, issue of The Post-Journal, the BPU will be eliminating glass from its curbside recycling program. The article also states the company has received zero complaints from the public regarding this. I am writing to express my formal complaint. With the ...

In 2021, America Needs More ‘We’ And Less ‘I’

It is an understatement to say that 2020 was a very bad year. Even if and when the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control, the effect it has had on our social fabric will be long-lasting. Far from bringing us all together, we have divided into two camps: those who respect the ...

Pets Can Be A Help During Pandemic

I was raised on a dairy farm and so living with animals was a part of my growing up. Back in those days, we had a relatively small number of milking cows—30 to 40—and so each one had its own name. My favorite cow of all time was Doris. She was a large, mostly white Holstein who was ...

The Stars Were Brightly Shining

The course of history can change through what initially seems like ordinary events. Chapter 2 of the Gospel of Luke tells the story of the birth of a child two millennia ago. The birth of any child is wondrous. Yet this was an extraordinarily special birth of an extraordinarily special ...

Toward A Different Healthcare Debate

In healthcare: The debate is dead. Long live the debate! U.S. politics has been roiled for over a decade by disputes over the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”). However, three recent developments really mean that the big debate is effectively over. The disputants are haggling ...

To The Bitter End

Nearly three years ago, in this column, I discussed the upcoming 2018 New Year and the speculation that if the Mueller investigation were conclusive, Donald Trump’s Presidency could end like that of Richard Nixon’s. However, I also commented that unlike Nixon: “I can’t envision our ...

Solar Project Will Revitalize Our Struggling Community

Ripley and South Ripley need the South Ripley Solar Project — desperately. As a community leader, not capitalizing on this economic opportunity would be a devastating blow to the town of Ripley and the surrounding community. As a business owner, rejecting a chance for economic growth will ...